Friday, 30 January 2015

Wheat Kings Dump Warriors

Rookie Nolan Patrick had three points Friday.
  Nolan Patrick had two goals and an assist to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 6-4 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.

  Patrick, Reid Duke and John Quenneville scored in the opening 20 minutes as the Wheat Kings jumped out to a 3-0, first period lead.

  The Warriors battled back with four straight goals in the first 15 minutes of the second period before Morgan Klimchuk's goal with 2:40 left in the middle frame pushed the Wheat Kings back into a 4-4 tie.

  Peter Quenneville then scored a power-play goal midway through the third period to give Brandon a 5-4 lead, and Patrick sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:33 left in the contest.

  After going 0-for-4 in Tuesday's shootout loss to Swift Current, Brandon's power-play had been largely ineffective in their first two chances Friday night before the Quenneville goal with eight seconds left in the man advantage.

  "I think we just wanted to get pucks through and force their goalie to make saves.  I think that's something we've struggled with lately and that's why the power-play hasn't been as good as it normally is," said Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "On that play, it was kind of a broken play and I just tried to spin and shoot and was fortunate enough that it went in."
Pic courtesy Twitter (@ScooterHlady29)

  The victory came in Brandon defenceman Eric Roy's 300th game in a Wheat Kings' uniform, and was the 400th career coaching victory for Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon.

  "As I said to the players, I enjoy winning and I enjoy seeing our players win," said McCrimmon, "I've been lucky along the way to have great assistant coaches and lots of good players come through the organization."

  McCrimmon is the 14th coach in WHL history to reach 400 career wins.

  The victory allows Brandon (36-9-3-2) to remain five points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Wheat Kings will visit Moose Jaw Saturday to conclude the home-and-home series (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
It was John Quenneville bobblehead night Friday

 Chaff...John Quenneville returned to Brandon's lineup Friday on his bobblehead night.  He missed one game with a lower body injury...Jayce Hawryluk (upper body), Kale Clague (upper body), Mark Matsuba (healthy) and Mark Taraschuk (healthy) were Brandon's scratches on Friday...Peter Quenneville and Rihards Bukarts, who had two assists, both reached the 100-point marks for their WHL careers on Friday...former Wheat King Colby Robak cleared NHL waivers Friday and was sent by Anaheim to Norfolk (AHL)...among those in attendance Friday was Dallas Stars' GM Jim Nill.

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